Richard Kelly / US, 2001 / 113 min.
Richard Kelly’s debut film was received as a matchless hybrid of teen drama, sci-fi narrative and satire on life in the American suburbs. It is 1988: angst-ridden teenager Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) travels parallel universes and gets into discussions with a huge rabbit called Frank.
Donnie’s life takes a bizarre turn when one night he is woken by Frank, a man in a rabbit suit who tells him that the word will end in exactly 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. Surreal happenings come thick and fast, and Donnie’s perception of reality is shattered…
Up-and-coming film talent at Eye: a new generation of Dutch makers are given the opportunity to present their debut films, discuss filmmaking and select films by makers that inspired them. These Badlands evenings are compiled by guest curators Lemuël de Graav, Xiang Yu Yeung and Eye programmer Ronald Simons.